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Letter From Mayor Buccellato and Matawan Office of Emergency Management

Local officials offer information on recovery efforts.

The following is a letter written by Mayor Paul Buccellato and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Sgt. Thomas Falco:

Dear Resident & Neighbor:

Local recovery efforts are continuing. Our streets and roads are cleared and we are working with a private hauler to collect and remove the branches and limbs from the roads.

We are still experiencing extensive power outages throughout the Borough. We have been in contact with JCP&L and have toured the Borough to assess damages with their representative. However, with that said, JCP&L does not yet have a firm estimate for power restoration. Residents should be aware and alert that areas of the Borough remain hazardous due to downed lines and inoperative traffic signals.

Borough Hall is temporarily closed due to this weather event. Our Police Department is staffed, as is our Volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad to respond to any emergency in the Borough.

If you have a life threatening emergency please call 911 immediately.

There is still a Borough-wide curfew in effect from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

JCP&L has requested that downed power lines be reported by calling 1-888-544-4877 or using the internet at the following web site: www.firstenergycorp.com.

Trash and recycle pick-up has resumed. Please follow the normal schedule regarding your trash and recycling days.

The following is our best information regarding open stores:

  • ShopRite on Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, NJ – 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Walgreens on Broad Street & Highway 34, Matawan, NJ
  • Stop & Shop on Highway 35, Middletown, NJ – Water, dry goods and pharmacy

Water and ice can be obtained at Holy Family Church at 910 Route 36 in Hazlet.

The Matawan Community has responded to this unprecedented disaster in ways that we cannot express. Your cooperation and patience has been extraordinary and is truly appreciated. Please continue to check with your neighbors and friends, and in particularly the elderly. With everyone’s continue support and cooperation we will get through this as a united community.

Sincerely,

Paul Buccellato and Sgt Thomas Falco

Editor's note: A list of stores and restaurants open in the area can be found here.

Mj November 04, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Chelsea, Thank you for the info you do have!
Mike Hackerts November 04, 2012 at 04:39 PM
we need more granular info how can we plan lives, work, move on with any normalcy with no clue on when power or heat for our kids will be available. No redundancy or resiliency in power systems, bad planning, bad response, bad comminication- just curfews!? its freezing in my house,and I would plan if I could get info. make jcp&l use the $$ they DIDNT SPEND to be proactively be ready for a day like this and gambled with our lives to now spend on reactive fixes like more crews, 24/7 repairs, and constant updates and communication this is pathetic 20% restored if that a week later stand up mayor or get out. and stop sending voicemails I HAVE NO PHONE ITS DEAD I HAVE NO POWER
Mike Hackerts November 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
a week later and no granular info or power = unacceptable any shmuck can be mayor in good times its now that real heroes shine and stand up. we are likely last in line cause our mayor is too passive. Get on JCPL case now every 30 minutes OR i want the option of con-ed or pse&g service at my home. Do your job other mayors are doing much more than sending mushy emails they have hard info and data and are pressing people for updates on how this is being managed and we need updates
Bill stack November 04, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Finally got power and hope it stays on--this after the utility company said maybe Wednesday. Voted in freehold today and when discussing the devastation with others found that their elected officials have been getting daily communication from their officials, sometimes twice a day. The information is granular enough that they can plan, etc. so while we are fortunate to have power restored; it is important that matawans officials learn from the best practices of other communities and communicate every day. I am sure there are others still without power and they need to know what is happening so they can plan. This is not about elections, but more about effectively communicating to te community.
Concerned Taxpayer November 04, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Matawan Aberdeen schools are closed Monday and Tuesday. No word yet on whether they will be open on Thursday and Friday ( or even Wednesday).

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